How can my life glorify God? What do I do to live a life that glorifies God?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? It’s one I’ve often thought about and prayed over.
My post is a little different today as these are all the thoughts that came tumbling into my mind as I was praying this morning, asking the Lord once again to take my life and use it for His glory and how and what that looks like.
So I’m sharing the thoughts with you today, just as they came to me and I started to scribble them down.
How can my life glorify God? What do I do to live a life that glorifies God?…
I cling to Jesus, drawing nourishment from Him, the living Vine through communion with Him in prayer, through God’s word and by trusting in Him and looking to Him to be my guide and Guard.
The fruit that will result from that, glorifies God.
It’s about yielding my life to Him, searching the scriptures seeking grace to live according to them, through Christ.
‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.’
It’s not about trying to DO things that glorify God, it’s living for an audience of One with the help of that One. It’s seeking God’s will, then seeking for grace to do it cheerfully.
I long to live for God’s glory, I long for everything I do and say to glorify Him but as soon as ‘I’ strive to live like that, as soon as ‘I’, in my own strength and wisdom try to glorify God in what I do, things soon go wrong or pride creeps in. Why, because I CANNOT keep myself.
More and more I’m being shown that all my striving needs to be done on my knees, wrestling in prayer for, it’s only when there’s no more ‘ME’, that there’s room for Christ to live through me. It’s living, by God’s grace, as Paul did…
‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’
My life cannot glorify God when there’s anything of self trying in my own strength, instead I need to be drawing all that I need from that well of living water, Christ Jesus.
It’s only as I depend solely upon Him that I will bear fruit to His glory.
I will only grow in grace and bear fruit as I grow in dependence upon my God because if grace is God’s unmerited favour to unworthy sinners then the more I depend on God for grace to live for His glory, the more I will grow in grace.
Growing in grace = growing in dependence!
Lord, help me to rest in and trust in thee alone today and draw my strength and wisdom from thee, that I might bear much fruit for your honour and glory.
‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.’
It’s in bearing much fruit that my life will glorify God and show that I am a true follower of Jesus Christ and that fruit comes from abiding.
‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.’
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, those who were already in Christ, (Judas had just gone out from among them to betray Jesus) so why did Jesus need to tell them to abide? If we’re also one of God’s children, we’re IN Christ and we already abide positionally BUT we need grace to live that out experientially, abiding, by constantly drawing all our soul food from Jesus, living by God’s grace, drawing everything we need from Jesus, from the risen Christ who lives in us, that it might be no longer us in our fallen sinful nature that lives but Christ that lives in and through us for without this we cannot be a healthy fruitful vine.
It’s continuing in Jesus love…
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.’
And it’s in this abiding, in this laying down of our will and way and clinging to and feeding upon that true and living Vine, Christ Jesus that we have true joy…
‘If ye keep my commandments,…’ (By God’s grace alone) ‘…ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full’
John 5:39, Gal 2:20, John 15:8,9,qq